It’s Britney Bitch

Last night, I went to see Britney Spears live in concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. 

What an experience it was. Going to see a Britney concert has been a dream of mine since I was younger. Since I went to a Spice Girls concert last year, I’m just reliving my middle school days as a 20-year old college student. I realize now though that I should aim higher, and never attend a Britney concert again.

Before the concert, when my friends and I were waiting on line, the most hilarious thing happened. Someone asked the two girls waiting behind us: “Is will call this way?” The girls didn’t know and after this person walked away the geniuses said: “Why was she asking us about will call? I don’t know who that is.” I should have known then that I didn’t belong at a Britney Spears concert.

The concert began with the Pussycat Dolls as the opening act. I spent most of their performance just observing the people around me and pondering how feminism has failed. Normally a like the PCD, at least their music. “Don’t Cha” is a catchy pop song. But seeing them perform live is a whole other story. I’m sorry. But watching a half-dressed girl group bop around and grind on stage, is not appealing. I was embarrassed to even be watching them.

So in a million years, I never thought that I would want Britney Spears to save me from the Pussycat Dolls. When they performed their remake of “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire, I walked out. By the way Nicole Scherzinger, it is pronounced ja-EYE-ho, not ja-EIGH-ho. It’s the least you can do if you’re going to turn a good song bad.

I returned to my seat when Britney’s part of show began. Here is my main problem with the show. The stage was set up like a three ring circus, which is a really cool idea considering it is the Circus tour. But round stages never, ever work. For about half of the concert, I couldn’t see a goddamn thing. Also I’m blind as a bat and there wasn’t a jumbo tron. So Britney looked like a blond-haired speck gyrating across the stage.

The opening, when she performed “Circus” and “Piece of Me” was incredible. Britney Spears is a great performer; she puts the PCD to shame. But after that, the concert (as with most arena concerts) was all about the spectacle. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but with the stage set up the way it was, you really were watching only about half of a concert. After the opening, the concert went down hill and frankly, was boring. And a Britney Spears concert should not be boring. I ended leaving before the end, when she performed some of her classic songs (“Hit Me Baby One More Time”) but my friend told me I didn’t miss much.

Overall this was a miserable experience. I don’t know. I guess I prefer Britney Spears, the joke to Britney Spears, the performer. Or maybe I wasn’t drunk enough. Or maybe I have been attending a women’s college for too long to be able to attend public events where girls dress like tramps, only to stand in place and bop around to “Oops I did it Again”. I’m glad I went because if I never went to a Britney concert I would always wonder “what if”. But I’ll never go again.

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Britney Spears: Linguaphile

So far Britney Spears tour, The Circus starring Britney Spears, has been uneventful. But we all knew that was going to end. The singer shocked fans at a Tampa concert with colorful language used to describe a wardrobe malfunction.

Shocked probably isn’t the best word to describe what Britney said. It was more like a “Britney, we didn’t notice because we’ve seen it before,” reaction.

I’m going to Britney’s NJ concert on Friday. I certainly hope it will be as entertaining as this.

Britney’s Back!

I just listened to Britney Spears’ latest album Circus (Dec. 2) and it is awesome. I think it is safe to say that her comeback (was she ever really gone? Blackout was a pretty solid album) is going to be awesome.

In case you missed it, Britney has been on a European tour promoting the album and she has had some pretty awesome performances.

Here she is at the Bambi awards in Germany:

Here she is performing on Star Academy in France.

With each performance Britters got more comfortable and she really seems back to her old self. I can’t wait until she performs live on Good Morning America on Tuesday.

The comeback of the year begins

Well, here it is. The beginning of Britney Spears much-anticipated and much-hyped comeback.

This is the music video for “Womanizer”, the first single off her latest album “Circus” (Dec. 2).

First, she looks amazing! And “Womanizer” is a catchy song. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I would rather listen to her song than watch this music video.

It’s trying too hard to sell Britney’s comeback by showing how great she looks. Why else would she be sitting naked and oiled up? The various costumes (Halloween isn’t until the 31st) aren’t edgy or even flattering; they’re stupid and above all, they objectify her. Not that Britney hasn’t been objectified before but there is something about these outlandish costumes that crosses into a new territory of ridiculous and stupidity.

Maybe I’m an idealist or just crazy. But when I first heard about Britney’s album and comeback, I got my hopes up that maybe you would see some maturation in her style. Kind of like Christina Aguilera (who I know is a “real singer”, so you can’t really compare their careers). Instead, it’s the same old Britney. She’s just not crazy anymore.

At the end of the day, I would rather watch this Britney Spears music video. There isn’t really a reason why; sometimes I just get nostalgic.